In the spirit of deepening and broadening its roots, "On the Shoulders of Giants," TitanCon 2020, is establishing for the first time an academic track. The convention began as a collaboration between the Brotherhood without Banners, who wanted to put on a fan convention for Game of Thrones, the Belfast SF/F society The Other Ones, who wanted fo put on a SF/F convention, and Arkham Gaming Centre, who wanted to put on a gaming convention, In keeping with that spirit, our theme "On the Shoulders of Giants" hopes to encourage a continuation of that spirit of collaboration.
We are seeking papers on any aspect of the art or literature of the fantastic--Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Gaming, etc.-- across media (literature, comics, film television), as well as on intersections between fandom and cultural products. We particularly encourage papers that focus on the guests of honour, Robert J Sawyer, Jeanette Ng, and Jodi Taylor. Papers may more generally consider women's voices and themes of diversity in SF/F. The intersecions of SF/F literature and other media, such as television, film, gaming, and/or comics and graphic novels are other areas that might be explored, particularly in light of Robert J Sawyer and George RR Martin's work. For instance, papers on Game of Thrones could focus on the TV show, the novels, the comics, intersections among these, fan reaction, and/or the importance of the show to Northern Ireland itself, where much of it was filmed. Papers may also wish to consider particularly Irish themes, and we are especially interested in proposals on Irish works of SF/F. However, topics on any aspect of the art and ltierature of the fantastic, broadly defined, are welcome.
Topics may include but are not limited to
George Martin's work, including but not limited to Game of Thrones
The work of our guests of Honour: Robert J Sawyer, Jeanette Ng, and Jodi Taylor
Irish art and literature of the fantastic
Writers and artists who are Irish or who have Irish connections e.g. (this is not an exhaustive list) Paddy Brennan, Johnny Byrne, Michael Carroll, Eoin Colfer, Malachy Coney, Lord Dunsany, Garth Ennis, Davy Francis, Harry Harrison, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Sheridan Le Fanu, C. S. Lewis, Charles Maturin, Anne McCaffrey, Ian McDonald, Maura McHugh, Fitz-James O'Brien, Flann O'Brien, Declan Shalvey, Bob Shaw, Will Sliney, Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift, James White, Oscar Wilde, Jo Zebedee ... and many others
Fandom in/and/of Ireland
SF/F Film and Television
SF/F and Gaming
SF, Fantasy, Horror literature, film, comics, and games
Proposals of 250-300 words, accompanied by a brief (50 word) author's bio should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by MARCH 15 2020 (deadline extended by one month). Acceptances will be sent by the end of March/early April 2020. any additional queries can be sent ot the above emails.
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